Student Posters

2017 Student Poster Winners

1st Place:  Emily Oreste, Cal Poly SLO $1200

2nd Place:  Jeremy Armas, Cal Poly SLO $600

3rd Place:  Kyle Aidukas, Cal Poly SLO $300

2017 Student Poster Submissions from Cal Poly SLO:

Student Advisor Poster Topic
Kyle Aidukas Dr. Shanju Zhang Graphene Oxide Polyurethane Composite for Increased Corrosion Resistance.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio
Jeremy Armas Dr. Ray Fernando Film Formation Studies of Reactive Latexes.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio
Breanna Arellano Dr. Erik Sapper Inherently Antimicrobial Polymers and Coatings.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio
Landon Burnley Dr. Erik Sapper Evolutionary Programming and Genetic Algorithms for Polymer Coating Design and Synthesis.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio
Miranda Miao & Bianca Aleman Dr. Shanju Zhang Photo-polymerization enabled carbon nanotube composites with applications in desalination.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio
Jefferson Norman Dr. Erik Sapper Controlling and Characterizing the Surface Morphology of Polymer Blends and Copolymers.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio
Emily Oreste Dr. Erik Sapper Emulsion Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization for Controlled Latex Particle Synthesis.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio
Renee Roeder Dr. Erik Sapper Predicting the Optical Properties of Polymers for Coatings Applications.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio
Andrea Saw Dr. Shanju Zhang Applications of Structural Colors Produced by Graphene Oxide Photonic Liquid Crystals in Paint.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio
Benjamin Stone Dr. Erik Sapper Developing Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships for Antimicrobial Polymers used in Coatings Applications.  Click here to view Abstract and Bio

2017 Poster Submission from Dr Nicolas Day:

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Click here to view Biography



WCS 2017 Academic Poster Session

The WCS Academic Poster Session is designed to encourage university students* to submit posters promoting new ideas and technologies based on preliminary or completed coatings or related materials research. All students* presenting an accepted poster will receive $200.00 and are eligible for the three Academic Poster Session monetary awards. In addition to the three monetary awards, there are four speaker slots reserved for four students to present their findings to the attendees of the WCS Symposium. Each accepted academic poster will be provided with a 36″ x 48″ display board to highlight the research project. Students will be required to be present in the exhibit hall during WCS exhibit hours for the purpose of discussing their projects with WCS attendees. Only one poster can be submitted by a given student with a maximum of two students per poster. A University can elect to set up an accepted academic poster without a student, but the University will not receive the $200 accepted poster prize or be eligible for the three academic poster competition awards.

Awards for the WCS Academic Poster Session are as follows:

  •             1st Place:     $1,200.00
  •             2nd Place:     $600.00
  •             3rd Place:     $300.00

*Definition: In order to be eligible for the $200 student stipend and student registration fees, a “student” is defined as someone who is actively enrolled full time in an accredited university, college, high school, or middle school. Students must be able to show WCS a valid student identification or proof of enrolment at their stated academic institution.

Questions? Please contact Phil Avery.  Phone: (925) 698-1514 , email:

WCS 2015 Student Poster Competition

WCS 2015 Student Poster Competition Participants

1st:  $1,200

Erica Bilodeau, Cal Poly SLO – “Novel Electrochemical Investigations of Failure Modes in Aerospace Coating Systems”

2nd: $600

David Bilger, Cal Poly SLO – “Multiscale Assemblies of Conjugated Polymer-Surfactant Complexes”

3rd: $300

Akriti Agarwal, Eastern Michigan – “Re-healable Coatings Based Upon Thermally Responsive Linkages

WCS 2015 Student Poster Winners David Bilger, Erica Bilodeau and Akriti Agarwa